Recreation Road Sign

I made this sign for my dad's birthday.  It's some of the things he likes to do.  It was so much fun to make!

I also made one for my realtor as a thank you for finding our house, but I forgot to take a picture.

There are so many possibilities for this concept!

Make one for someone you love, or email me and I can make it for you.
Happy crafting!

Kitchen bench

A friend I went to high school with, Natalie of The Creative Mom, built a beautiful farmhouse bench for 20 bucks.

After reading the instructions and drooling over the pictures I decided to try it.  I am so glad I did!  It's the biggest thing I've ever built and I am very happy with it!

Here are the resources:
The Creative Mom :
The Home Depot Blog:

Here are some snapshots/notes of our bench...

 Some of the wording in the plans threw me off at first.  Make sure you read the plans several times and understand what you're cutting so you don't waste any wood.

My cute model!

I made ours less wide so it could slide under our kitchen table.  I love how the red and farmhouse feel goes in my kitchen.  If you make one I hope you love it too!

Happy crafting!

Homemade Clocks

I saw this segment on Studio 5 and knew I had to try it!
I made this small version as a tester, and was really happy with it.
If you watch the video the following steps will be easy to understand.

Step 1: Glue and nail the boards together

Step 2: Find the center and draw a line using a 'compass'.

Step 3: Cut out the circle.  I used a jigsaw.

Step 4: (not pictured) Route out a spot on the back for the clock kit to fit into.
Step 5: Paint!  I printed a clock face off the internet.  The easier, faster way would be vinyl.

Step 6:  Attach the clock kit.  You can find these at the craft store.  If you want to make a really large clock like in the video, you can find large clock kits online.

This was a lot of fun.  It's satisfying to click the battery in and watch something you made WORKING.  I see another, larger clock in my future.
Happy crafting!

Enamel Paint

I saw some pins about painting glass so I thought I'd give it a try.
I found the enamel paint at the craft store.  (I used "Americana" GLOSS ENAMELS)
I painted some baby food jars and my thrift store cookie jar.

I used masking tape on the jars, but the lines weren't super clean.  I'm sure it was better with the tape than without though...  It took MANY coats and LOTS of drying time.

Pinterest told me to "fire" them to make the paint more durable.  When they were dry I put them on a cookie sheet in a cold oven, set it for 325, and set the timer for 30 minutes.  Once the timer rang I turned off the oven and left them inside for another 10 minutes then took them out and let them cool completely.

I love how they turned out!  Happy crafting!

Just some Custom Crafts

Just some custom crafts I've made the last several months

Big Scrap Letters

I've had some fun the last few months making letters like these:

The best part is they were free to make since I already had all the supplies!  
If you have some scrap wood or some twigs in your yard you can make these too.

Let's start with the twigs....

 First, I cut out the letter on some thin wood and sprayed it brown.

This isn't required, but I found when I sprayed the 2nd time it was easier to cover.
 Next I glued the twigs on with wood glue.

Make sure your sticks are dry!  Mine were in my garage for several weeks. Don't expect to pull some twigs right off the tree and use them right away.

I used wood glue and laid them as flat as possible.  Let it dry for a long time, even overnight.

You may need 2 layers of twigs, depending on how full you want it to look.
 After the glue was completely dry I cut the excess off with my scroll saw.
Then  I sprayed it again!

After it dried I tied it to a frame.

Now for the scrap wood letter...

First, I drew the letter onto a cereal box and cut it out.  Then I traced it onto thin wood.

Next is an "A" or "B" choice. You can either glue the wood scraps right onto the thin wood or cut out the letter first.  (I have tried both ways and found it's easier to cut out the letter first and then glue the wood on after.)

I secured the wood with nails from the underside so they wouldn't show on the front.  Over the years I have found glue PLUS pneumatic nails is the best hold.

I cut out the letter with a jigsaw this time since some of the scrap wood I used was thick.

I glued some felt on the back over the hanger and where the bottom of the C would touch the wall.

This one was a lot of fun and made me want to make more.  I kept with neutrals on this one, but just think of the color possibilities!

Hope this has given you some instructive help and ideas!  Happy crafting!!!

Puffy Paint Signs

I decided to try out some left-over Puffy Paint for this craft.
I made it for a friend's wedding gift.

Here are the words/phrases I used (in case you need some ideas):
M+C [Initial + Initial]
My heart is full of love for you
so happy together
Truly Madly Deeply
from here to eternity
Buckner [Last Name]

First I wrote on the wood with pencil, then squeezed the puffy paint onto the words.  After it had dried for 4 hours or more I spray painted them.  I decided to do a second layer of puffy paint, but it didn't look as clean as I would have liked.  Next time I will do ONE thick, tall layer.  

Hope this inspires you to make something awesome.  Happy crafting!

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